Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent
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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.
Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."
A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.
Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.
She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.
Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.
Stories by Molly Peterson
Over the last few years, guitars and a sort of obscure law against illegal logging have come into conflict. Environmental activists are in Anaheim today, at the National Association of Music Merchants trade show, to do a raising awareness song-and-dance about this.
Independent committees spent more than half a million dollars toward helping Joe Buscaino take his city council seat. As Frank Stoltze points out this morning, Buscaino joins the growing ranks of city council members with close ties to the LAPD.
There will soon be a new watchdog for the LADWP. Is it soon enough?
Maybe you thought you were free and clear of Pacific Swell making any more songs of the week. In which case you would be wrong. I’m off to a slow start in 2012, but at least it's a good start.
A sorta hidden gem of a park in north Atwater Village is getting a higher profile today…for the facelift it's been getting for a while.
It's a start, anyway. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency releases a new national greenhouse gas database, made up of self-reported data from 9 groups of polluters around the country: refineries, power plants, chemical facilities, "other industrial" facilities, landfills, metals, minerals, pulp and paper plants, and government and commercial sites.
Woah. Mark Gold was Heal the Bay’s first employee in the late 19-eighties, a staff scientist who went on to take an engineering doctorate from UCLA. He became executive director for 12 years, then president of the group for more than 5.
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a hundred times since last year. We're just about to have a ratepayer advocate for the DWP, it's just around the corner. Well, according to what the citizens committee said back in December, it IS around the corner.
A really amazing (and long!) story appeared yesterday in the Washington Post about federal fishery management. Juliet Eilperin reports that federal authorities have finalized 40 of 46 fishery management plans including catch limits for hundreds of fish stocks in U.
Ambitious goals Los Angeles city officials have set for solar energy remain out of reach. Changes in leadership at the L.A. Department of Water and Power have slowed renewable energy policies. So has the domestic economy. Now the DWP is floating a new proposal designed to encourage solar farms on large rooftops and parking lots.
Most state money for natural resources and environmental protection falls outside Gov. Jerry Brown’s general fund plans. Come July, the governor’s budget could shake a few things up.
A plan to protect ocean health by restricting fishing in some areas takes effect in Southern California in just a few days. The California Department of Fish and Game has set marine protected areas over about 15 percent of waters between Point Conception and Imperial Beach, authorized by the Marine Life Protection Act.
Two foundations in Pasadena are raising money to replace storm-toppled trees on public lands.
Naturalist John Muir once said: “When it comes to a war between the races, I’m with the bears.” A new book that takes its title from Muir assembles stories about climate change from around the world, including one set in the eastern Sierra.
After spending all week on a possible bag ban, I took Friday off for good behavior. Just as well: it's still in committee. Jan Perry asked the Chief Legislative Analyst and the City Administrative Officer to report back on the economic impacts of a ban, thereby making official the fact that LA City council will have stretched the distance between "we want to do this" and "we are doing this" to four years.